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A Few Pennies

The appropriations committee of the US House of Representatives approved a bill that would increase the National Science Foundation's funding by $43 million for fiscal year 2012, writes Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. According to an appropriations committee report, the bill includes $6.9 billion for the National Science Foundation, which is an increase from fiscal year 2011, but below President Barack Obama's request for the agency. Writedit notes that the increase comes at the cost of cuts to the Education and Human Resources directorate and the research equipment and facilities fund. In addition, the committee makes a few suggestions as to how NSF could spend some of that money, namely on cybersecurity, basic neuroscience research, and advance manufacturing. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.